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Congressman Rob Bishop

Representing the 1st District of Utah

National Park Service Admits Comments About Hydraulic Fracturing are Wrong

November 26, 2013
Press Release
WASHINGTON— Congressman Rob Bishop, Chairman of the Natural Resources Public Lands and Environmental Regulation Subcommittee, today received a letter from National Park Service (NPS) Director Jon Jarvis admitting that comments recently issued by the NPS to the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) about hydraulic fracturing are wrong. Director Jarvis conceded that information used to support the National Park Service's positions on hydraulic fracturing, which they obtained from a New York Times opinion piece, was inappropriate and that the NPS will withdraw its comments.

In a letter sent to Director Jarvis on September 06, 2013, Bishop noted that the NPS's comments to the BLM were inconsistent with the policy on Integrity of Scientific and Scholarly Activities.  Bishop also raised several other concerns in the letter that were addressed by Director Jarvis in his response letter.

"It concerns me that the National Park Service attempted to pass off unsubstantiated information as ‘science'. This thinly veiled attempt to vilify energy production and hydraulic fracturing on our public lands illustrates a shared agenda between the Administration and anti-energy special interest groups.  I'm pleased that Director Jarvis will rescind the comments and hope that, moving forward, the NPS will direct their efforts toward promoting the responsible use of our diverse lands and resources and away from misleading the American people," said Congressman Bishop.


Sept. 06, 2013 letter from Bishop to Dir. Jarvis                           November letter from Dir Jarvis to Bishop